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Teen Who Allegedly Started Columbia Gorge Fire Charged

The Hood River County District Attorney’s Office announced charges today against the teenage suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire still burning in the Columbia River Gorge. The 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, faces five misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the fire with a firecracker.

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Employment numbers are out for both Washington and Oregon. Since last September, Washington has gained more than 91,000 jobs and Oregon has gained more than 37,000 jobs. 

The largest growth in both states has taken place in the government sector.



  Candidates are breaking spending records in a special election that will decide which party controls the Washington Senate.

Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET

A proposal in the Senate to help stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would ensure that subsidies paid to insurance companies benefit consumers rather than padding the companies' profits.

Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Despite a compromise reached by two U.S. senators, health insurance premiums are expected to rise in Washington.

That’s because of President Trump’s cuts in federal subsidies for health insurance discounts. The rates for 2018 are between 9 and 27 percent higher than initially proposed in June. Stephanie Marquee, a spokesperson for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, says health insurance rates still have to rise to keep the Washington market stable.

Self-driving cars would one day take over Interstate 5 to the exclusion of human drivers under a proposal aired out before Washington state transportation advisors Tuesday.

With Election Day less than a month away, money is pouring into Washington state political action committees. Much of that cash will likely find its way to a special state Senate race on the east side of Lake Washington.

The outcome of that race will determine which party controls the Senate. 

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Washington state’s U.S. senators were busy Tuesday. Senator Patty Murray helped strike a bipartisan deal to avoid President Donald Trump's recently announced cuts to health insurance subsidies. 

Megan Farmer / KUOW

The cease and desist order came as a shock. It was from the U.S. Justice Department, ordering a group of Seattle lawyers to stop helping in some deportation cases.

Northwest States Join Lawsuits Against ICE

Oct 17, 2017
Bryan M. Vance


Attorneys general in Oregon, Washington and seven other states sued the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday because the agency hasn't turned over data about immigration arrests.

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The scientific community is on fire this week. And a physics research lab in Washington is partly to credit. For the first time, scientists observed a cosmic event involving gravitational and electromagnetic waves.


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